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Aug 28, 2014; Columbia, SC, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Kenny Hill (7) is congratulated by fans as they celebrate their win over the South Carolina Gamecocksat Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Johnny Manziel calls Kenny Hill 'Kenny Football'

During the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Johnny Manziel became one of the greatest players in the history of the Texas A&M Aggies’ program.

In 2012, Manziel completed 295-of-434 passes for 3,706 yards with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He rushed for another 1,410 yards and 21 touchdowns on 201 attempts, taking home the Heisman Trophy and leading the Aggies to an 11-2 season in the process.

Last season, Manziel had some struggles because of a poor defense, a suspension for off-the-field issues and injuries, but still put up huge number. He completed 300-of-429 passes for 4,114 yards with 37 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while rushing for 759 yards and nine touchdowns on 144 carries. Manziel was then drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the 22nd-overall pick of the first round in this year’s draft.

There were a lot of questions about who would replace Manziel in College Station. Although sophomore Kenny Hill appeared in four games as a freshman and didn’t take a redshirt, many expected Kyle Allen to win the job. Allen, a true freshman, was considered the top quarterback prospect in the class of 2014 and enrolled early in an attempt to get a leg up in the quarterback competition.

Instead, Aggies’ coach Kevin Sumlin named Hill the starter last week and he delivered in his first career start. Hill completed 44-of-60 passes for 511 yards, a new Aggies’ record (breaking the one Manziel held) with three touchdowns and no interceptions, leading the Aggies to an impressive 52-28 road win over the ninth-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks.

After the game, Manziel, better known to many as “Johnny Football,” handed his nickname over to Hill via twitter.

That’s high praise from Manziel, who went six-of-17 for 83 yards and a touchdown in the Browns’ 35-32 victory over the Chicago Bears Thursday night in their preseason finale.

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